The Blue Oval’s world car is still going strong

After months of teasing and prototype testing, Ford has finally unveiled the updated Mondeo, giving us our first look at the facelifted world car as it prepares to take over the reins from the outgoing model. The new Mondeo made its debut at the Brussels Motor Show with plenty of improvements over the outgoing model to go along with the introduction of a hybrid version for the wagon body type. The Mondeo remains based on the Fusion sedan, though with Ford ending production of the Fusion in the U.S., it’s unclear what kind of future the Mondeo has beyond this new facelift. Then again, that’s an issue for another time. The new Mondeo just arrived, and Ford did a good job giving it the updates it needs to remain relevant. The new Mondeo goes on sale in Europe beginning in March. It won’t be available in the U.S. market.

2019 Ford Mondeo Exterior

Spy photos of the prototype Ford Mondeo showed Ford cover only certain portions of the Mondeo test mule. That usually indicates that there aren’t that many changes to the new model, and as faith would have it, that’s exactly what we saw once the covers were removed off of the facelifted Mondeo. Up front, Ford’s world car receives an updated grille with sharper edges than the previous model. It’s a small change that some people might not even notice, but notice how sharp the edges on the sides are. Included in that change is the Mondeo’s range-topping Titanium trim, which now sports a grille with horizontal chrome slats. The Mondeo ST-Line’s grille, on the other hand, comes with a black finish while the flagship Mondeo Vignale sports the same ‘flying-V’ grille that you see on other range-topping Ford models. Just below the grille is a redesigned lower intake that sits between a pair of new fog lamps. The layout in this section is more pronounced compared to the previous model, giving the Mondeo a fresh-looking face.

Changes on the side of the Mondeo aren’t that extensive, and it’s largely the same story in the rear. There is one notable design upgrade, specifically a new chrome or satin silver strip that now spans the full width of the tailgate. Other than that, the rear section of the new Mondeo doesn’t depart dramatically from an aesthetic point of view compared to the current model it’s replacing.

One thing I want to point out, too, is the stylistic difference between the new Mondeo and the current Fusion that we have in the U.S. Even though, the new Mondeo is based on the Fusion, the stylistic upgrades in the Mondeo creates a more striking front profile compared to the current Fusion. The design of the Mondeo’s lower front bumper is striking compared to the current Fusion. The Mondeo’s rear section is also more rounded, at least compared to the upright profile of the Fusion. If anything, you can make a case that Ford is more interested in giving the Mondeo a proper visual upgrade compared to the Fusion, which is not long for this world, anyway. Perhaps Ford knows which horse it’s backing now that it’s all but given up hope on selling sedans in the U.S.

As an added treat, the new Mondeo is available with a wide range of new colors and wheel options. That’s a misnomer, really, considering that both sedan and hatchback versions of the Mondeo need as much visual variety as they can get.

2019 Ford Mondeo Interior

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As you might expect, the new Ford Mondeo’s interior remains the same as it was in the model that it’s replacing. The layout remains the same, though there are new seat fabrics that are available in the new model. Hooray for those. New door handle appliqués are available, too. These upgrades are cosmetic in nature, and while they don’t really establish the Mondeo’s cabin as a cocoon of luxury, it’s nice to know that there’s something new on the table. If anything, there’s more visual appreciation with the new cabin, thanks in large part to Ford’s long-overdue decision to stop drowning the Mondeo’s interior with cheap plastic. There’s still some of them inside, but it’s not as prevalent as it used to be. Plastic is a novelty we could use a lot less of, especially in car cabins.

Speaking of novelties, the new Mondeo does have a new feature that’s both functionally useful and aesthetically pleasing. You normally don’t expect to see a rotary gear shift dial for the eight-speed automatic transmission on a car like the Mondeo, but the facelifted model has one and it gives the center tunnel a cleaner and more sophisticated look. Functionally, the rotary gear shift dial also creates more space for other useful bits. Good thing, then, that Ford made good use of that extra space by adding a USB port that can be used for charging mobile devices and accessing portable media.

The redesigned tunnel also complements what Ford describes as a center console with an “even more premium feel.” Perhaps that’s just press release jargon on the Blue Oval’s part because it’s hard to see how the console on the new Mondeo has a more premium feel to it compared to the one in the current model. I would’ve wanted more improvements made in that area, too — maybe make it smaller and a tad sleeker to get rid of the unused space between the buttons — but the current layout isn’t bad enough that changes were necessary.

Fortunately, Ford’s opening up its vault of trim details on the Mondeo, specifically on the Titanium, ST-Line, and Vignale versions of the model. The automaker didn’t elaborate on the new trim options available to the Mondeo, but I suspect that it’s going to include a smorgasbord of premium materials. Is it possible that we could see Alcantara or premium leather on Ford’s sell-everywhere model? I’m not going to raise my hopes, but I’d be open to the surprise.

Space is what you’d expect from a Mondeo. It doesn’t make you feel like a sardine in a can, but it’s not overly generous on space, either. It’s the same story in the cargo area where the hybrid Mondeo wagon offers up 14.23 cubic feet of storage space with the rear seats up and 53.25 cubic feet of storage with the seats folded. There’s decent space there for grocery bags and the like, but it’s not as spacious as other wagons that the Mondeo will compete against. The Hyundai i30 Wagon, for example, comes with 21.2 cubic feet of storage space with the seats upright and 58.2 cubic feet of space with the seats folded. Meanwhile, the Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen has even more space to offer: 30.4 cubic feet with the seats up and 66.5 cubic feet of space with the seats down.

On the tech side of things, the facelifted Mondeo benefits from offering an improved version of Ford’s adaptive cruise technology with added start-go functionality. The latter function helps bring the Mondeo to a complete stop in start-stop traffic situations. Likewise, the tech allows the Mondeo to automatically pull away if the stopping duration is less than three seconds. A new speed limiter also becomes available in the Mondeo. This new version is equipped with a sing recognition system that helps ensure that the vehicle’s maximum speed is automatically adjusted to stay within changing speed limits.

While I don’t expect a lot from the Mondeo’s interior, it helps that, cargo space notwithstanding, the model’s status that Ford appears to be proactive in improving the quality of the cabin as a whole. That much, I can appreciate.

2019 Ford Mondeo Drivetrain

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It’s hardly a shock that the Ford Mondeo’s status as a people’s car comes with a handful of engine options, including a new hybrid version that’s available exclusively to the Mondeo Wagon. First, let’s start off with the only gasoline version of the bunch: a 1.5-liter EcoBoost engine that produces 165 horsepower. It’s unclear if Ford has plans to offer the bigger 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine, but based on what the automaker said about the facelifted Mondeo’s engine lineup, don’t be shocked if the 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine is shelved for the time being. For now, the 1.5-liter is the only gas engine available to the facelifted Mondeo. If you’re looking for another engine option, you’re going to have to go the way of diesel engines — the Mondeo has a lot of options there — or the new hybrid powertrain unit for the Mondeo wagon.

Let’s take a look at the diesel options first. There’s only one engine available — the new 2.0-liter EcoBlue engine — but this one engine is offered in different states of tune, producing power ratings that start at 120 horsepower and goes all the way up to 190 horsepower. A 150-horsepower version is sandwiched between the two. All diesel engines are mated to a six-speed manual transmission, though there is an option to upgrade to Ford’s new eight-speed torque converter automatic transmission, which replaces the old six-speed dual-clutch PowerShift gearboxes.

Then there’s the hybrid engine, which is only available on the Mondeo Wagon. A 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle gas engine, a compact electric motor, and a 1.4-kWh lithium-ion battery make up the hybrid powertrain. Altogether, this powertrain can produce as much as 187 horsepower and return up to 53.5 mpg.

2019 Ford Mondeo Prices

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Ford has yet to announce pricing details of the new Mondeo, but based on our history with the model, the facelifted model should start from €24,000 to €40,000 depending on the trim level. That converts to around $27,000 to just above $45,500 based on current exchange rates.

Unfortunately, these prices aren’t official, though it’s unlikely that Ford has plans to lower the prices of the entire range. If anything, a price increase from the current Mondeo is in order.

Fortunately, even with the increased prices, don’t expect the new Mondeo to cost as much as models from Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Audi.

2019 Ford Mondeo Competition

Hyundai i30 Wagon

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The Ford Mondeo and the Hyundai i30 Wagon share a few similarities, one of which is that they go by different names in the U.S (the Mondeo is the Fusion, and the i30 is the Elantra). In addition, the Mondeo and the i30 Wagon also share the compact wagon stage, making them rivals in this segment. The i30 Wagon comes with three different engine options. On the gasoline front, the wagon carries a 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine that produces 118 horsepower. If that doesn’t suit you, there’s also a 1.4-liter unit that has 138 horsepower on tap. Opt for the diesel, and you’re getting a 1.6-liter mill that has 108 horsepower at its disposal. That’s plenty of choices to go around for a wagon that’s priced competitively compared to the Mondeo. The starting price for the i30 Wagon in Europe sits just north of €20,000, which converts to about $24,000. That price range extends up to €25,000 depending on the options and accessories you choose. That converts to just under $30,000 based on current exchange rates.

Read our full review on the 2017 Hyundai i30 Wagon.

Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen

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It’s easy to look at the Ford Mondeo and say that it competes against the likes of the BMW 3 Series Wagon or the Audi A4 Avant. But that’s not fair to the Blue Oval wagon because the two German vehicles belong in a more premium segment. With respect, then, to the Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen because this is a model that fits more into the same market as the Mondeo. Fortunately for the VW, it has a lot of advantages over the Ford, not the least of which is a bigger 1.8-liter turbocharged engine that produces a tidy 170 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. It’s not going to win any drag races, but compared to what the Mondeo has under its hood, it might as well be a rocket carrying a wagon’s body. The Mondeo, and the i30 Wagon, for that matter, benefit from having a more modern design than the Golf Sportwagen. But, if you want the best returns for the money that you’re spending — the VW wagon costs anywhere from $22,000 to $30,000 — you’re not going to find a more suitable model than the Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen.

Read our full review on the 2018 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen

Conclusion

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Unlike its Ford Fusion alter ego in the U.S., the Ford Mondeo remains a draw in the markets where it’s available, so, clearly, Ford is doing something right with the model. It’s not surprising, too, that the Mondeo is getting a well-deserved facelift wow that it’s in the middle of its fourth generation.

For the most part, the Mondeo is regarded as a trusted and reliable model that’s not going to make you worry about your payment plans for the car. It gets even better now with all the improvements throughout the model, not the least of which are the upgrades in safety systems and all-around technology.

The European market is still inundated with compact wagons from a lot of different automakers, but the Mondeo is no slouch in its own right. It’s been able to hold its own against the competition throughout the course of its life. Now that the facelifted fourth-generation model is here, it’s hard to think any different of the Mondeo. It’s a model that’s worthy of your time and money.

  • Leave it
    • Lack of significant aesthetic upgrades could be a curse
    • Engine options aren’t worth getting excited about
    • Competition is stiff so it has to be in its ’A’ game

Further reading

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Read our full review on the previous generation Ford Mondeo.

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Enhanced Ford Mondeo range – including new and spacious Mondeo Hybrid wagon – revealed
Sophisticated Mondeo Hybrid petrol-electric self-charging powertrain delivers greater refinement
Ford’s 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel and eight-speed rotary dial automatic transmission introduced
Mondeo Adaptive Cruise Control technology features Stop & Go functionality for easier driving in motorway and stop-start traffic
Intelligent Speed Limiter keeps Mondeo drivers safe, and protects licences
BRUSSELS, Belgium, 18 January, 2019 – The enhanced Ford Mondeo – introducing elegant new exterior and interior design details and a new Hybrid Wagon variant for the first time – was revealed at the Brussels Motor Show, Belgium, for delivery from March.

The new Mondeo Hybrid is a unique offering in its segment and further significant Mondeo upgrades include:

An even more refined petrol-electric driving experience for the fuel-efficient Mondeo Hybrid
Ford’s advanced 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel engine introduced for superior long-distance cruising
Ford’s new intelligent eight-speed automatic transmission, which adapts shift patterns to driving style for improved refinement, and is controlled using a stylish and ergonomic rotary gear shift dial
Adaptive Cruise Control enhanced with Stop & Go joins Mondeo’s sophisticated suite of driver assistance technologies, for easier driving in motorway and stop-start traffic
“The Ford Mondeo Hybrid offers a unique driving experience with its refined automatic transmission and ability to pull away silently. Combined with the benefits of a low CO2 petrol engine we expect the Hybrid to account for up to 50 per cent of sales,” said Roelant de Waard, Ford European Marketing, Sales and Service vice-president.

“At the same time we are introducing an all-new diesel powertrain with SCR (selective catalytic reduction) technology to meet and exceed the latest Euro 6d Temp emissions standards, with an all-new eight-speed automatic transmission available.”

Wagon versatility. Hybrid efficiency
For customers who require greater load-carrying capability, the new Mondeo Hybrid wagon delivers the driving range and freedom offered by a traditional combustion engine with the efficiency and refinement of an electric powertrain.

In both wagon and coupe-inspired four-door body styles, the self-charging Mondeo Hybrid is capable of pure electric driving and offers silent key start capability for refinement particularly in city and stop-start driving scenarios. The powertrain eliminates both range anxiety and the need for customers to use an external power source to charge the battery.

The latest generation of Mondeo Hybrid powertrain control software delivers a smooth, linear response to acceleration demand for a more refined driving experience. The enhanced powertrain software is also more effective at using the engine’s torque to deliver greater fuel efficiency and performance – seamlessly adjusting transmission ratios to utilise the highest engine torque at lowest engine speed.

The hybrid powertrain delivers 187PS, and combines a specially-developed 2.0-litre Atkinson cycle petrol engine; electric motor; generator; 1.4kWh lithium-ion battery; and a Ford-developed power-split automatic transmission that emulates the performance of a continuously-variable transmission.

Regenerative braking technology captures up to 90 per cent of the energy normally lost during braking to replenish the battery, contributing to anticipated CO2 emissions from a targeted* 98g/km for the existing hybrid four-door, and anticipated* CO2 emissions of 103g/km for the newly launched wagon.

Further technologies designed to help drivers optimise efficiency without sacrificing comfort include:

Ford’s SmartGauge interface for monitoring fuel and energy consumption with features including Brake Coach that encourages gradual braking to help return more energy to the battery
Electric power-assisted steering; and electrically-powered air-conditioning, powertrain cooling and vacuum systems, which significantly reduce drag on the engine
A specially-developed exhaust gas heat recovery system that enables faster cabin warming
The new wagon body style provides 403 litres load capacity beneath the cargo cover for Mondeo Hybrid customers with the rear seats in place, and up to 1,508 litres with the rear seats folded, while an innovative flat floor over the battery pack makes loading and unloading of large or bulky items easier. Additional storage is concealed beneath the load floor.

Powerful and refined
Ford’s advanced 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel engine is introduced to Mondeo for the first time, delivering the driving performance of a larger capacity engine alongside the fuel efficiency and low CO2 emissions synonymous with a smaller engine capacity. The 2.0-litre EcoBlue engine is offered with:

150 PS delivering from an anticipated* 127g/km CO2 emissions
190 PS delivering from an anticipated* 133 /km CO2 emissions
An integrated intake system with mirror-image porting for optimised engine breathing; low-inertia turbocharger that enhances low-end torque; and high-pressure fuel injection system that is more responsive, quieter and offers more precise fuel delivery than the outgoing 2.0-litre TDCi diesel engines, all help meet the latest stringent Euro 6d Temp emissions standards. Standard SCR emissions after-treatment contributes to improved NOX reduction.

Ford’s new eight-speed automatic transmission – offered with 150PS and 190PS 2.0-litre EcoBlue engines – has been engineered to further optimise fuel efficiency and deliver responsive performance and smooth, swift gearshifts. The transmission features:

Adaptive Shift Scheduling, which assesses individual driving styles to optimise gearshift timings. The system can identify uphill and downhill gradients and hard cornering, and adjust gearshifts accordingly for a more stable, engaging and refined driving experience
Adaptive Shift Quality Control, which assesses vehicle and environmental information to help adjust clutch pressures for consistently smooth gearshifts. The technology can also adjust shift smoothness to suit driving style
A six-speed manual transmission also is offered, and 2.0-litre EcoBlue Mondeo models can be equipped with Ford’s Intelligent All-Wheel Drive technology, which measures how the car’s wheels are gripping the road surface and can adjust torque delivery up to 50/50 between the front and rear wheels in under 20 milliseconds – twenty times quicker than it takes to blink – for a more secure footing especially in slippery conditions.

Ford’s 165PS 1.5-litre EcoBoost petrol engine remains available, delivering from 150g/km CO2 emissions supported by integrated exhaust manifold and water-cooled intake charge cooler technologies.

Executive style and craftsmanship
Elegant updates to Mondeo’s exterior and interior design enhance the executive appeal of four-door, five-door and wagon models, while amplifying the visual differentiation between Mondeo Zetec Edition, Titanium Edition, ST-Line Edition and Vignale series.

A contemporary new front end design incorporates:

An enhanced upper trapezoidal grille shape with a deeper visual effect; chrome, horizontal bar finish for Titanium Edition models; black, technical slotted finish for
ST-Line Edition models; and exclusive satin silver “flying-V” finish for Vignale models
A revised lower grille design that blends into the new fog-light surrounds for Titanium Edition and Vignale models, and is bordered with sporty winglets for ST-Line models
New fog-light and LED daytime running-light designs
A sporty new bumper fascia with more pronounced lower lip spoiler
Rear design updates include new C-shaped tail lights intersected by a stylish, full-width applique in satin silver or chrome finish, and Mondeo continues to feature a lean side-profile sculpted to convey “visual lightness”, power-dome bonnet and, a slim-line headlight design.

Mondeo customers are now offered more options to personalise their vehicle. A new 18-inch alloy wheel is added as standard to Titanium Edition, while the Vignale Hybrid receives a larger, 19-inch dark tarnish alloy. Distinctive new exterior colour options include Vignale-exclusive Blue Panther and Stealth grey, exclusive to ST-Line Edition.

Mondeo’s upgraded interior features new seat fabrics, new door handle appliques, and new decorative spears unique to Titanium Edition, ST‑Line Edition and Vignale models.

The addition of the rotary gear shift dial for models equipped with Ford’s eight-speed automatic transmission frees-up additional storage space in the centre console, where a USB port is now conveniently located for charging mobile devices or accessing portable media.

Interior craftsmanship is also enhanced with improved fit and finish between centre console and instrument panel components, delivering and even more premium feel to the sporty, cockpit-like cabin.

Effortless driving experience
Mondeo now also offers Adaptive Cruise Control technology – which enables the vehicle to automatically maintain a comfortable driving distance from vehicles ahead – enhanced with additional Stop & Go functionality.

Enabled by the introduction of Ford’s eight-speed automatic transmission, the Stop & Go feature can bring the vehicle to a complete halt in stop-start traffic, and automatically pull away if the stopping duration is less than 3 seconds. For stopping durations greater than 3 seconds, the driver can push the resume button on the steering wheel or gently apply the accelerator to pull away, greatly enhancing comfort when driving in stop-start traffic.

Introduced to Mondeo for the first time, Intelligent Speed Limiter combines Ford’s Speed Limiter and Traffic Sign Recognition technologies, and can help ensure the vehicle’s maximum speed is automatically adjusted to remain within changing speed limits. The system uses a windscreen-mounted camera to monitor road signs and when the speed limit is lower than that maximum set speed, slows the vehicle as required. As the speed limit rises, the system allows the driver to accelerate up to the set speed, providing it does not exceed the new speed limit.

Ford’s SYNC 3 communications and entertainment system allows Mondeo drivers to control audio, navigation and climate functions plus connected smartphones using simple voice commands. Supported by an 8-inch colour touchscreen that can be operated using pinch and swipe gestures, SYNC 3 is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto™.

“The new Mondeo also introduces various semi-autonomous features. Whether reducing the stress of driving in traffic jams by automatically following the car ahead, or helping drivers avoid speeding fines with our Intelligent Speed Limiter technology, every aspect of our enhanced Mondeo is designed to make driving easier, more relaxing and more rewarding,” de Waard said.

“The Mondeo Hybrid offers a compelling alternative to diesel powertrains for fleet and private customers in both wagon and four-door body styles.”

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*Officially homologated fuel-efficiency and CO2 emission figures will be published closer to on-sale date

Note: The data and information in this press release reflects preliminary specifications and was correct at the time of going to print. However, Ford policy is one of continuous product improvement. The right is reserved to change these details at any time.

Android and Android Auto are trademarks of Google Inc.

*The declared Fuel/Energy Consumptions, CO2 emissions and electric range are measured according to the technical requirements and specifications of the European Regulations (EC) 715/2007 and (EC) 692/2008 as last amended. Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are specified for a vehicle variant and not for a single car. The applied standard test procedure enables comparison between different vehicle types and different manufacturers. In addition to the fuel-efficiency of a car, driving behaviour as well as other non-technical factors play a role in determining a car’s fuel/energy consumption, CO2 emissions and electric range. CO2 is the main greenhouse gas responsible for global warming.

From 1 September 2017, certain new vehicles will be type-approved using the World Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) according (EU) 2017/1151 as last amended, which is a new, more realistic test procedure for measuring fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. From 1 September 2018 the WLTP will fully replace the New European Drive Cycle (NEDC), which is the current test procedure. During NEDC Phase-out, WLTP fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are being correlated back to NEDC. There will be some variance to the previous fuel economy and emissions as some elements of the tests have altered i.e., the same car might have different fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company is a global company based in Dearborn, Michigan. The company designs, manufactures, markets and services a full line of Ford cars, trucks, SUVs, electrified vehicles and Lincoln luxury vehicles, provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company and is pursuing leadership positions in electrification, autonomous vehicles and mobility solutions. Ford employs approximately 200,000 people worldwide. For more information regarding Ford, its products and Ford Motor Credit Company, please visit www.corporate.ford.com.

Ford of Europe is responsible for producing, selling and servicing Ford brand vehicles in 50 individual markets and employs approximately 53,000 employees at its wholly owned facilities and approximately 68,000 people when joint ventures and unconsolidated businesses are included. In addition to Ford Motor Credit Company, Ford Europe operations include Ford Customer Service Division and 24 manufacturing facilities (16 wholly owned or consolidated joint venture facilities and eight unconsolidated joint venture facilities). The first Ford cars were shipped to Europe in 1903 – the same year Ford Motor Company was founded. European production started in 1911.

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